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Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rocky Mountain high

I received an email the other day from a person who was trying to clear up some mysteries about a so-called Mystery School.

While doing a search regarding scams with the Rocky Mountain Mystery School, your blog came up. I can't seem to find where you wrote about the "Mystery School"; [but] what do you know about it? I know a woman who just went through her first level adept class and I can't help feeling that she has been scammed.

You seem well versed in all this new age stuff. Keep in mind the same person who "initiated" my friend has been telling me for months that I have been "accepted" by this school and need to enroll in the Rocky Mountain Mystery School Adept Program as soon as possible for "my protection" and that I have been "called" to work with the Hierarchy of Angels. I have to say my "scam alert" buttons are on high alert with this one!

I would really love to hear what you have to say.

"Pay attention to those scam alert buttons," I replied. "They are serving you well."

My correspondent was apparently referring to a passing mention I made of the Rocky Mountain Mystery School on my August 2, 2007 blog post (fourth item down: "Utah: It’s not just for Mormons anymore"). That little snippet back in August was inspired by an email I'd received from some people who run a metaphysical center in Brigham Center, Utah. They were hosting a class on becoming a "Person Of Power," taught by the ex-wife of Rocky Mountain Mystery School founder Gudni Gudnason, RM. ("RM" stands for "Ritual Master." In some circles, having an RM after your name is even more prestigious than having a phony doctorate or two.)

A special message from Gudni Gudnason – of whom we’ll have more in a moment – appears on the Welcome page of the RMMS International site. Upon first landing on that page, my eye was drawn to this blurb that appeared at the bottom in smaller type:
NOTE: Because of the high demand on teachings and services the RMMS Events Worlwide [sic] Schedule is subject to change without notice. RMMS is not responsible for financial loss because of these changes and will not cover such losses. Please arrange your travels and time accordingly! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We ask that you remember that we are a Mystery School and not a Seminar Company and therefore we operate a little bit different.
"I’ll just bet they do ‘operate a little different’," I wrote in my reply to my correspondent. "They take your money and have no accountability for it."
I mean, c'mon, if their schedule is changed without notice, how can you "arrange your travels and time accordingly?" Isn't that kind of like having to have pre-approval from your boss for an unexpected illness or a death in the family so you can get paid time off from work?

Well...yawn. What else is new, in the New-Wage world? I only address this because (1) I’m tired of writing about Mr. Fire and his cronies for now; (2) my correspondent asked about it; and (3) it does seem that the RMMS is expanding its "recruiting" efforts as well as its reach. Just read RMMS founder Gudni’s blog and you’ll see.

Speaking of Gudni’s blog, I looked at his Blogger profile and saw that his "random question" was the same one that currently appears on my Blogger profile. Coincidence? Maybe. But perhaps there is some deep mystical significance. Anyway, I think a look at our respective answers is in order.
Q: What spells can you cast with magic markers?
A (from Gudni): Magickal marks of meaningful magick in markful magick of monstrous meaning.
A (from Cosmic Connie): Magic Marker® is a trade name and should be capitalized. Now, what was the question?
I am not trying to be competitive with a great Ritual Master such as Gudni (who seems to have a poetic soul like Dreaming-Bear), but I think my answer was far more useful. At the very least it could help you avoid getting a nasty letter from the Magic Marker® people's legal department.

Anyhow, on numerous sites offering Rocky Mountain Mystery School training you’ll find some form of a message stating that "healers and lightworkers are desperately needed." We know, of course, what that means: cash is desperately needed by the New-Wage dilettantes who are scrabbling to make a living as "lightworkers" and "healers." On the page I just linked to above there’s a tantalizing come-on: "SPECIAL DEAL!! Refer 5 people to the Teachers Program and receive both the Year Long Basic Metaphysics Written Study Program and the Elemental Alchemy Written Program."
But just who is this Gudni Gudnason, founder of the RMMS? Here’s some scoop from the bio page I linked to above:
Gudni, as he likes to be called, is a native from Iceland but has lived all over the world. He has sought knowledge from the masters in many countries and has been initiated by some of the Highest Initiates in the world:
  • He studied the Magickal Arts from the ISIS / OSIRIS Mystery School in Egypt and was Initiated in the Great Pyramid of Giza,
  • He studied with the Shamans of Northern Africa from various tribes and was Initiated in the deepest Sahara Desert,
  • The Masters of the Congo taught him the powers of Passion and Tantra,
  • He learned the Mysteries of the Earth from the Masters of Romania,
  • He studied the Alchemical Arts from the Masters of Germany, France, Spain, Italy and England,
  • He was (is?) a proud member of the most powerful and secret Hermetic Order in the world today; the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn,
  • He studied from the Masters of Tibet in a secret location high in the Himalayas, so high that only the Eagle knows this air.
Uh-huh. Secret locations in remote parts of the world. A mysterious past. Yep, all the signs are there.

And…um…wait a minute. Masters of the Congo teaching Tantra? Do I have my geography and history mixed up, or does Gudni?

In all fairness, and as I explained to my correspondent who’d inquired about RMMS, I have not done any firsthand research on, nor any in-depth investigation of, the RMMS or Gudni. "That," I explained, "is beyond the scope of my blog." (Translation: I’m not a real journalist and I’m too lazy to do any actual research.) "However," I added, "just from my experiences with and observations of similar things over the years, I’d say, ‘Stay away.’"
In any case, as luck would have it, a real journalist has written a piece on the RMMS and "Gudni." While Googling – which, of course, is not the same thing as researching – I stumbled upon a piece from the New York Press, the Big Apple’s "alternative weekly." The writer, Audrey Slivka, spoke with Sondra Shaye, founder of the Archangel Healing Light Center in Park Slope (Brooklyn):
A former corporate lawyer and actress, Shaye is an Initiated Adept and Teacher in the Rocky Mountain Mystery School, which is based in an unspecified sacred location in the Utah portion of its namesake mountains, and is led by a gentleman named Gudni Gudnason, a Utah resident of Icelandic birth, about whom more in a bit. Our planet, Shaye explains, hosts seven mystery schools. But the RMMS, which Shaye discovered when she attended the New Life Expo at the New Yorker Hotel somewhat more than a year ago, is the only one that doesn’t cultivate secrecy–that labors to disseminate its teachings to the masses in generous fashion.

"The other six schools are closed to the public," she says. "They’re secret. You can hardly even find them. I mean, you could die getting to them. They’re in the middle of a rainforest, or you have to pass over a huge abyss..."
More secret locations. Yummy!

Some of the article is a bit outdated, since Gudni apparently no longer lives in Utah (his blog currently lists his home as being in Japan). But he travels all around the world in service to his Mystery School.

The important point is that Sondra Shaye, the interviewee in the NY Press article, seems more than willing to keep the Gudni myth alive. She explains that in his time, Solomon traveled all over the world in his time to gather up ancient mysteries, which were somehow passed on from generation to generation. Eventually Sol's mysteries reached an (unnamed) American Indian chief, who – you guessed it – gave ’em to Gudni. As Sondra explains, "He and the Native American met one time, either in a park or a graveyard – I don’t remember which. They hugged, and that was it. That was the transfer."
Gudni has been deeply spiritual all of his life, long before he met that mysterious Indian chief.
Gudnason, who is in his 40s, possesses intimidating spiritual energies. "He was born without any veils, which means he can see all the dimensions. He was born with a twin brother who died 30 minutes after birth–because the brother was so advanced that he only needed 30 minutes on the planet." But Gudnason stayed in contact with his dead sibling. "He grew up with his brother. And his brother brought him all of these ascending masters to teach him, his whole life." Gudnason also used to "sit with Merlin, in physical form, and Merlin would teach him all of these amazing metaphysical things."
He's quite an accomplished martial artist and has other impressive credentials as well, according to his bio page on the European site of the RMMS:
He is also the former 4 time full contact Karate Champion of Europe and holds numerous instructorships in martial arts including Arnis and a tenth degree black belt in Karate, 10th degree black belt in Kimewaza, a Japanese Martial Art that evolved from White Dragon Gung Fu and 5th degree in Shaolin Gung Fu. He has taught the Body Guards of His Holiness The Dali [sic] Lama. He is an ordained Minister, High Priest of Isis and Druid Priest.
And naturally, he has a growing number of worshipful followers. He has, however, had his share of detractors too, as he explained in a blog post he wrote about a year ago:

Some of these people have proclaimed that I am a fake! That I do not have the credentials that I say I have and that I am making things up to make myself look better. Like when we dress up to impress a boss or that important business contact. Do I wrap myself in a flowery blanket to look better? I have only one thing to say to that: YES I DO. It is a fact that I do make myself look the best I can and I have created an image that is good looking. Is that a crime to your heart? Do you not do the same every day in your life? Do you go out in the world with your hair a mess and your clothes disheveled? Or do you make yourself the most presentable that you can.

Hey, at least he addressed the issue of phony credentials. Unlike some...
Oh, but I digress. RMMS adepts are, as you might imagine, also in tune with numerous angelic beings, such as the archangel Metatron, whom I’ve blogged about before. It seems clear that virtually everyone associated with the RMMS, including and especially Gudni himself, seems convinced that he or she is on, as Jake and Elwood Blues might have put it, A Mission From God. Back to Sondra Shaye and the NY Press piece:
Shaye says that Ritual Masters are "God’s SWAT team"–quick-strike forces against the interdimensional demons that generate bad energy. She points out that "New York is built on limestone, which amplifies everything. That’s why New York is what it is. All of the positive and all of the negative of everything that occurs in New York is amplified many times. That’s why it’s such an incredible vortex of power."

"I tried to leave New York," she says, "but apparently higher forces, higher beings, want me to work here. It’s funny, because I was about to move to Northern California after the attack." But she was compelled to stay. "Because this is the place where I can do the most good right now. This is where I’m needed."
All righty, then!

I wrapped up my reply to my correspondent with a piece of advice I’ve often shared: "Keep those scam alert buttons with you always."

And that’s good advice for anyone – whether you’re trekking in the sacred secret mountain regions of Utah, or knocking about in the rain forest or the deserts of Africa, or tooling around a big city that was built on limestone...or (especially) if you're talking with "friends" who tell you that you have been called to work with the Hierarchy of Angels.



Anonymous Lana said...

Finally! An answer to my prayers. Help for finding my pizza. Praise the True Light!

Saturday, November 10, 2007 9:45:00 PM  
Blogger gregory said...

you are such a good writer and thinker, the molly irvins of the new age, er, wage.... i love your style, pacing, organization, thoroughness... 'tis inspiring

in your previous post where your buddy ron seems to have come to his senses and stopped pushing the river, you assert your wish to continue writing, and of course i hope you will, you are too good to stop...

but i am wondering, what is a larger target for you to aim at, you are too good to remain just a fish-in-a-barrel shooter....

any other projects underway?

Saturday, November 10, 2007 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Funny you should mention pizza, Lana. Ron and I just got back from the home of some dear friends, where we stuffed ourselves silly with a marvelous pizza and topped that off with a decadent chocolate cake. Pizza and chocolate...praise the True Light, indeed!

Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:00:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Hi, Gregory, and thanks for the kudos. My blog is just a hobby, something I dreamed up not with the idea of saving the world or even changing anybody's mind, but merely to provide a diversion. I wanted, I think, to convince myself that I am still clever and funny.

Well, as may be obvious, the "diversion" has become an obsession at times, as these things often do.

In my other life, the one I share with Ron, the two of us are ghostwriters/editors/book designers. We create "serious" books for other people. So in a sense, I am helping to create for a larger audience, though I work mostly behind the scenes.

There is, no doubt, a book or two in me somewhere -- a book with my own byline, I mean...but I haven't sorted that out yet.

I've been writing all my life, ever since I taught myself to read and write at the age of four or so, and I'm not about to quit!

Anyhow, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Lana said...

Just in case you didn't notice the pizza reference: read the opening questions on the Rocky site.

But chocolate. My reason for living!


Sunday, November 11, 2007 10:49:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Got it, Lana. I just got sidetracked thinking about pizza and chocolate...

For the benefit of everyone else, the Rocky Mountain Mystery School "Welcome" page begins with the big questions we all have:


Either "Gudni" wanted to introduce a little levity right off, in order to prove to everyone that he's a charming guy -- human, just like us, only more advanced -- or he really is obsessed with one of nature's perfect foods: PIZZA! :-)

Sunday, November 11, 2007 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Dr. Ding said...

Dear Cosmic Connie

I love this freakin' blog! As a real practicing shrink who happens to have a PhD in clinical psychology with a concentration on transpersonal stuff, I'm pretty f*cking mortified at the anti-intellectual, anti-empirical, anti-reality cant of the New Age movement as it exists at present.

Pizza holds the answer, clearly. To say nothing of sarcastically!

All praise the holy pepperoni! >:)

Gotta go buff out my chakras now,
Dr. Ding

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 5:38:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

And don't forget the holy chocolate, Dr. Ding!

I definitely agree with you about the state of New-Age "thinking"...it's enough to drive a person crazy! :-)

Thanks for the kudos.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 5:46:00 PM  
Blogger Hannes said...

I enjoyed your blog entry. I found it after googling for my former martial arts teacher in Iceland, Gudni Gudnason. I studied with him for 1.5 years. He told us a great story about the mysterious oriental origins of the art that he was teaching us. I did some research and found out that the art was invented by a couple of Icelandic performers some years earlier. Many of Gudni's spiritual teachings came from Bruce Lee, who was his idol. That's nothing he was hiding. In fact, he gave us special lessons in movie stunt fighting. He was good at it. And we enjoyed it tremendously. In fact, this was the most fun I've had in any kind of performance or martial arts training. It's amazing how good fantasy can make things so much more exciting. Of course it sucks if people get scammed - at least I din't - I got exactly what I wanted: To live in the movies.

Monday, April 14, 2008 7:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am based in South Africa and write a blog for Holistic Health practitioners here. the RMMS has been actively recruiting here, and although I can't find any real negatives, the positives are also equally hard to come by. My concern is that people and being scammed - but then that is their personal choice. Mr. Gudnason's credentials are somewhat dubious. Also discovered he has a degree in Business, Psychology and is a well-known actor in Sweden. Great combination for beginning a "Mystery School". If you want to check my site: http://clickholistic.wordpress.com

Saturday, November 01, 2008 8:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm actually involved in academic verification for a major school sales company, and one of their 'faculty' tried to order something from us. I was thinking, "Rocky Mountain Mystery School? What the heck is that?" and noticed from my searches that it was a bit of a scam. Your blog helped me to come to a determination that - despite their 'Teachers Alliance Program' cards - they are fraudulent and not an actual school. I can tell you that they will not be receiving academic software at a discount from MY company.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As for "being too lazy" to do any research, this site may be helpful:


What began as an investigation of his credentials as a Martial Arts teacher actually led to a much longer and more in-depth discussion of all of his lies (if you can read around all of the wit-less banter).

I've had several friends join the RMMS and have been approached several times to take courses and become an initiate. I worry about many of the friends that i am beginning to lose to this malarkey. Gudni Gudnason is a scam artist and has been for his entire adult life. Thank you for taking the time to write this page.

Sunday, January 11, 2009 7:04:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

I'm afraid I've sort of been neglecting this post because it's an older one, but I wanted to say thank you to the three most recent "Anon" contributors, whom I'd not yet acknowledged. I appreciate all of your insights, as well as the links you provided.

Bottom line: It sounds as if this "Gudni" character really is a scammer, and even though we don't hear too much about the Rocky Mountain Mystery School, it seems clear that they're still fairly active and are still trying to grow their business. Caveat emptor!

Sunday, January 11, 2009 7:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Japanese, I was studied with Gudni for three years. He talked the same stories differently in different time. It seems that he forget what the last version of story from time to time. I started to check his background, but I cannot find him any credit about it. None of the degrees, awards, titles from his profile can be proved by any school or organization. Even he claims he owned the RMMS since 1998, but end up his ex-wife sold the RMMS title to him on 2007. From government business registration, Laurie was the RMMS owner until 2007. You can find the official record from the internet. I am glad to see you wrote this article, hope it can help more people who really need the light. Amy

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:39:00 PM  
Blogger Pierce Nichols said...

Secret location in the Utah section of the Rocky Mountains? That sounds like a cold-water walkup in Provo to me.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009 2:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John 8:7

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.


Thursday, March 25, 2010 9:10:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Again, thanks to all of you for the additional comments and insights. And to the Bible-quoting Anon: nice sentiment, but like many other sentiments expressed in the Bible (and numerous other sources of wisdom), it is often used by scammers and scallawags to silence the critics. The fact that critics have "sins" of their own doesn't make the scammers any less scammy. But anyway, Namaste right back at ya. I guess that is marginally better than a certain New-Wage guru's "blessings." :-)

Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes it is a scam.... i spent over 10 thousand and years in this so called mystery school. now they have changed their name to MODERN DAY MYSTERY SCHOOL. yea. MODERN DAY.. people beware! i've spent the couple of years trying to find information on the "school" and people who run it.. its all B.S.

Saturday, June 26, 2010 1:38:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thanks, Anon June 26. (I wonder where "Gudni" is hanging out these days?)

Saturday, June 26, 2010 4:48:00 PM  
Anonymous JR said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I've been researching this school since an initiate seemed too enthusiastic to get me in the door. I do yoga and healing, but I always approach all these philosophies and healing techniques with a certain skepticism until I can prove to myself there is something to it. I think it is a shame that this school is tainting the real healing that is happening and hope it doesn't turn people off from alternative healing techniques which truly work and have changed my life and health for the better. Blessings to all.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is here soon: http://www.tao-garden.com/course.php

Friday, July 23, 2010 1:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hes out in japan now.. and goes to canada. hes a fraud, and i would go as far to say that hededo , john evans, and most of "higher archy" people are in it

Friday, July 23, 2010 7:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I'm in Atlanta, and someone I know personally a) got recruited into this thing, b) gave them tons of money while trying to recruit others, and c) after destroying most of his non-mystery school human relationships, has now up and moved to japan (where these folks are now) and has been convinced by a member of the hierarchy that he is now suddenly bi-sexual for him. Not just a scam, dangerous business. Like most destructive religion groups, along with selling whatever snake oil-- they cement the deal through sexual manipulation. I've lost friends to these things before and this looks like a grade a wrap up job. Sounds like a job for Rick Ross to me.

Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Jim said...

You might want to have a look at the links below. The net has spread far and wide with the now Modern Mystery School and GG is clearly cleaning up. Very disturbing to hear the serious destruction to peoples lives as a result of involvement though. These guys really know how to pull the wool over the eyes of their followers.


Friday, January 13, 2012 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently it's a looooot worse than just a scam... truly horrific abuse with Gudni and his gang...


Thursday, January 04, 2018 9:49:00 PM  

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